Driller in the Mines - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Driller in the Mines

Drillers in the minerals industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Move rigs onto site and set them up;
  • Position drills and set angles and depths;
  • Start and stop drills and coordinate utility workers on site;
  • Check equipment and progress throughout operation;
  • Operate secondary equipment, such as pumps (air and mud) and equipment used to prevent and correct problems;
  • Record performance details and take drill core samples;
  • Carry out minor maintenance and repairs, and
  • Dismantle and move rig to next site.

Drillers typically need to be interested in practical and manual activities, be physically fit and able to handle machinery. Often the work is in remote areas, under difficult conditions so teamwork is important. Drillers also need to record details accurately, as precision is crucial to the safety of the exploration. Drillers applying for a job in the minerals industry need to be 18 years old or over, have a clean police record, pass a medical examination and have a drug and alcohol clearance.


Surface Driller: $70,000 “” $120,000 Underground Driller: $80,000 “” $130,000 Drill and Blast Engineer: $80,000 “” $105,000


Entry to this occupation is generally through an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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